Back in November 2013, we took our two daughters to Hong Kong for a pre-Birthday celebration for Mila. We stayed the first two nights at Disney and another four at the Kowloon Sheraton Towers. Surprisingly, Hong Kong turned out to be a great travel destination with children. I was nervous about going to a large city with two toddlers, but we had a great time.
Hong Kong Disneyland is the smallest of all the Disney parks, and it certainly showed. Having been to Disney World in Florida, Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea, Hong Kong Disneyland was, well, “meh” for me. Both Florida DW and Tokyo DL/DS have wonderful food. I used to get super excited about planning all my meals there. Hong Kong DL food, MEHx2. The food was all cafeteria level at best. I mean, serving sushi is just a bad bad idea in a stuffy hot theme park.
BUT, the overall “meh” factor means it’s the perfect place to let your toddlers take the reins. There isn’t much for adults to get excited about, so you do what the toddlers want and don’t feel like you’re missing anything. Besides, it’s free for children under three, so it doesn’t matter if they are freaked out by the rides and don’t want to ride them. It’s not like you paid for them anyway. There were a few things Nina enjoyed: “It’s a Small World” (we went on it SEVEN times! Yes, in two days. Nina still sings the song absentmindedly while doing other things), walking around Toy Story Land and Disneyland Rail Road around the park. We circled the park a few times on the train, caught the Lion King show (with a frightened Nina), did The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh ride (with a terrified screaming Nina) and floated around on the River Cruise (which freaked Nina out at the end when the earthquake happens). We tried to do a few more, but Nina was shaken so much from the Carousel and Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters, that we decided to just let her enjoy the park and run around at her own pace. We saw Chip and Dale, Sleeping Beauty, Micky and Minnie, Stitch, and couple of other characters. Nina was fine at a distance, but wanted to be elsewhere as soon as they got close enough to touch. At lease there’s not much of a wait if you want photos taken. Not bad, considering you have to RUN everywhere in Tokyo, plus use all your brainpower to plan your FastPass schedule to squeeze in the rides. Since it’s not exciting for the adults, and once we learned Nina didn’t care about rides or meeting characters, we got to relax and let Nina and Mila have their fun without feeling like we were missing out. We chilled around the park, Nina and Mila took naps in our Disneyland rental stroller. The only thing to note about the stroller rental is that they are designed for older children, probably over 2. Mila is a solid one year old, so she could sit in it for a while, but the stroller was not structured for young babies. We didn’t know this, and didn’t bring our own, so Mila was in the Ergo for most of Disneyland.
There are two hotels at Hong Kong DL: Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel and Disney Hollywood Hotel. We stayed at the Disney Hollywood Hotel, but honestly, if you are going to stay there, the Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel seems much nicer. The building is gorgeous, with Cinderella themed chandeliers, and the restaurants looked better. The Disney Hollywood Hotel restaurants were just OK, and the service was not up to the typical Disney standard. We asked about reserving the Disney Dim Sum at the Crystal Lotus restaurant in the Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel and the staff at the Hollywood Hotel told me that we didn’t need to, but when we got there, we were told we needed to book a day in advance. The manager at the restaurant was generous and let us sample a couple of the Disney Dim Sum. They were great and definitely worth it for the kids. They polished them off so fast we could barely take pictures.
Overall, a great place to take small children, but I think we’ll wait until they are ready for the Disney lines and go to Tokyo DL next time so we can have fun together.
香港DLにはHong Kong Disneyland HotelとDisney Hollywood Hotelがあるのですが、我が家はDisney Hollywood Hotelの方に泊まりました。ビルもちょっと暗めだし、食事もやっぱりまあまあなので、俄然Hong Kong Disneyland Hotelの方をお勧めします。ビルの格も何か違ったし、シンデレラテーマのシャンデリア（ガラスの靴が乗っててかわいい！）も素敵でした。こちらのホテルには飲茶を食べるためにだけ行ったので、お部屋はいてないんですが、雰囲気はこちらの方が良かったです。Hollywood Hotelも全部屋から花火が見えるので、最後までパークに残らなくてもいいし、ホテルは全体的に綺麗にしてあったしなのですが、なんとなくディズニースタンダードにまだ届いてない気がします。サービスがう～ん、だったんですよね。キャラクター飲茶の予約を入れたいと言っても、必要ないと言われて、行ってみたら前日予約要だっていわれたり。その時はマネージャーさんが出て来て、コースは無理だけど、いくつか選んで、出して下さったのでラッキーでしたが、ディズニーホテルで訊いてるのに…